Friday, October 12, 2007

La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995) aka Hate

Hate (Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995)
Rating: 9.5

An extremely powerful film exploring a day in the lives of three friends living in the ghettos of Paris, Vinz, Saïd, and Hubert (one Arab, one Jewish, and one African). After their hoodlum friend Abdel is put into a coma as a result of police brutality, Vinz vows vengeance after acquiring a gun. La Haine's black and white cinematography, and magnificent camera movements results in some stunning documentary-like imagery. The acting, and dialogue all seems very natural and realistic as well. The social critiques of racism and inner city violence are a very relevant and delicate subject, and handled expertly here.

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